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Stories for January 29, 2007

Cleveland National Forest Backcountry May Be Restricted

Jan. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How far should we go to protect golden eagles and prairie falcons? On Monday’s Full Focus, we’ll talk about plans to close parts of the Cleveland National Forest to protects raptors.

Governor Touts Healthcare Plan to Local Business Leaders

Jan. 29
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger visited San Diego on Monday to present his plan for statewide universal healthcare to local business leaders. He addressed the estimated $14.65 billion in hidden taxes that businesses currently pay to subsidize the uninsured in California, and his plan to tackle these costs. Heather Hill has the story.

WPA Left Its Mark on San Diego

Jan. 29
By Pat Finn and KPBS Public Broadcasting

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the New Deal, President Franklin Roosevelt's plan to put people back to work and put food on their tables. Producer Pat Finn set out to discover if there was anything left in San Diego from one famous New Deal initiative, the WPA, or Works Progress Administration.

Court Says Coastal Power Plants Should Stop Killing Fish

Jan. 29
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A recent court ruling could change the way San Diego County's three coastal power plants cool their electricity generating turbines. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals says the Environmental Protection Agency should NOT allow power plants to kill millions of fish by drawing cooling water from oceans, bays, and rivers.

S.D. Council Putting Pressure on Auditor

Jan. 29
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city council is trying to put pressure on the city’s independent auditor, KPMG, to finally finish the city’s long-awaited 2003 audit. The unfinished audit is the hurdle preventing San Diego from reentering the public bond market. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Detainees Moved from Otay Mesa Facility

Jan. 29
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials moved more than 200 detainees out of the immigration detention center in Otay Mesa over the weekend due to concern over inhumane conditions. The transfer comes on the heels of a lawsuit that alleges severe overcrowding at the facility is unconstitutional and puts detainees health and safety at risk. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

UCAN Claims City Overcharging for Water

Jan. 29
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Consumer advocates say the city of San Diego has sent out a misleading letter to residents about proposed water rate hikes. The Utility Consumers Action Network is threatening to sue if the city does not revise its estimates of what residents will have to pay. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Art Exhibit Explores Meaning of Citizenship

Jan. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

We speak with the curators and artists behind the exhibit John Q.Public and Citizen Jane: Private Americans in the Political Domain. It’s on view at San Diego State University’s Art Gallery and features work that explores the relationships between citizens and their government.

Robot Competition Inspires Students to Study Math and Science

Jan. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The FIRST Robotics Competition (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is coming to San Diego. Host Tom Fudge learns from two high school teachers and a local student how building robots develops a deeper interest in math and science among America's high school students.

2008 Presidential Candidates Enter the Race Early

Jan. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

There is nearly two years left until American voters go to the polls and cast their ballots for President; but, the 2008 presidential race is still one of today's biggest news stories. We speak with a local political science professor about the requirements, the money and the image needed to become President of the United States.

Embedded Local Journalist Reports from Persian Gulf: Week 7

Jan. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tony Perry, the San Diego bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, recently left Iraq after spending six weeks as an embedded journalist with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Pendleton. We check in with Tony live from a ship in the Persian Gulf about his time with the Marines.

Budget Battle Heats Up for City Council

Jan. 29
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego city council will settle on their budget priorities today. The council members took a poll to evaluate city services. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

San Diegans Clash About How to Support Troops While Protesting War in Iraq

Jan. 29
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A national wave of anti-war sentiment has reached San Diego. Some 1500 protestors marched downtown this weekend. This military town has seen its share of casualties in Iraq. Thousands of local service members are still fighting there. But San Diegans disagree on what this country should be doing for the troops. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has the story.

S.D. Marine Who Claimed Moral Conflict with War Receives Honorable Discharge

Jan. 29
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Earlier this month, a federal judge in San Diego ruled a Marine reservist should be honorably discharged from duty as a conscientious objector. It was a first in San Diego, and among a handful of similar cases across the country. The 25-year-old man argued taking a life violated his moral code. KPBS reporter Joanne Faryon brings is this report.

Supporters Say Universal Healthcare Makes Sense

Jan. 29
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The idea of universal health care is growing in popularity. A number of Democratic presidential candidates have endorsed the concept. And next month, a universal health care bill will be reintroduced in the California Legislature. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.